2021-22 CCHA Power Rankings

Standings Weigh In, National Recognition Rising

Mavericks stay on top, and prepare for what could be a very successful postseason. 

Welcome to FloHockey’s bi-monthly power rankings for CCHA hockey. Find out which of the CCHA’s eight teams rise, fall, or stay put as the weekly series unfold in the 2021-22 season.

1. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 1

Record: 17-3 (23-5 overall)

Back to No. 1 in the latest USCHO Poll, the Mavericks continue to churn out wins, going 3-1 since the last rankings for a 23-5 overall mark. The Mavericks face the uncertainty of increased roles every fall, and the players in question always come through.

Add in one of the top goaltenders in the nation in senior Dryden McKay and the Mavericks will challenge for the national title this spring.

2. Bemidji State | Last Ranking: 2

Record: 11-7 (13-13 overall)    

Despite a 1-2-0-1 stretch ‌since the last rankings, the Beavers sit comfortably in second place in the CCHA. But a three-game losing streak is not conducive to maintaining their five-point buffer.

The Beavers have been streaky, and with three series of six games coming up all versus nationally ranked opponents and conference points on the line, there will be a lot of confidence on the line come postseason.

3. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 9-5 (12-8-1 overall)

Five points behind the Beavers, the Huskies sit at No. 18 nationally and haven’t lost a regulation game since Dec. 4 (4-0-1-1). Consecutive 3-0 wins over Lake Superior State earned them a sweep of six points since the last rankings. 

Next up, they host the Beavers and have a chance at jumping them this coming week. They split their late November matchup, each taking a 4-3 win in a high-scoring series certain to be more must-watch hockey this time around.

4. Bowling Green | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 9-6-1 (12-9-3 overall)

Three points behind the Huskies, and five ahead of Ferris State and Northern Michigan, are the Falcons.

They face a red-hot Ferris State team this week ahead of a six-game stretch against ranked opponents in a similar position as the Beavers. Their scratch and claw play is going to be put to a big test ahead of the conference tournament.

5. Northern Michigan | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 7-8-1 (13-9-1 overall)

Sitting at No. 19 nationally, the Wildcats face an uphill battle both in the conference and in the at-large category despite their current rank.

Their 1-1 record since the last rankings doesn’t jump off the page, but snagging that win in a 4-2 upset over No. 1 Minnesota State speaks for itself. A week off to regroup could see another winning stretch.

6. Ferris State | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 7-11 (9-17 overall)

The Bulldogs have been busy with a 3-1 mark since the last rankings, lifting them to a tie—and tie-breaker—with Northern Michigan. They have eight games left, or a total of 24 possible points to make up their five-point deficit on Bowling Green to snag home ice in the conference tournament. 

It starts this week with a series against the Falcons, which they split a series with in mid-December. Both teams will be looking to add to their point tally and scratch and claw hockey will meet red-hot hockey.

7. Lake Superior State | Last Ranking: 6

Record: 7-11 (11-14-1 overall)

It’s been a long fall for the Lakers, who are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. They’ve already had a three-game and five-game losing streak this season and can’t seem to shake their bad habits once they creep in.

They are coming off a 5-1 exhibition win, which could suffice as a jump start for an offense that has mustered just two total goals during the four-game drought. If that proves correct, then the offense could play spoiler to some conference foes down the stretch.

8. St. Thomas | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 2-18 (2-24 overall)

The second win in Division I history was probably as good of a feeling as the first, and no one should even mention both came over Ferris State this year—so far. A win is a win and the Tommies won’t stop just because of “favorites.”

Eight regular season games remain for the Tommies to try and build on their inaugural season, including a non-conference series with 6-15-1 Alaska.

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